Practiced throughout Los Angeles, CA, Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine is the use of ultra-fine disposable needles. The needles are inserted at specific points of the body to biomechanically manipulate the central nervous system and improve health. Each needle is chosen based upon its effect on the central nervous system. Each acupuncture point has a different affect and upon diagnosis, a series of acupuncture points will be prescribed for your treatment. Upon insertion, each acupuncture point will send a message to the central nervous system via the afferent nervous pathways. The Central Nervous System will then interpret the message and tell the body to do or not do something. Examples will be to strengthen an organ function, relax a muscle, rejuvenate a nerves, stimulate a function, sedate a function, regulate blood circulation, and help the central nervous system to restore health. This process was proven via functional MRI's at the University of California, Irvine. Sometimes an electrical stimulator can be used for Percutaneous Electronic Nerve Stimulation (PENS). This technique is known as electro-acupuncture and is one of Dr. Barrett's specialties. Electro-acupuncture is superior for injured muscles, stimulating circulation, treating infertility, fibroids and rejuvenating nerve function after injury or surgery.
Each acupuncture point has its own specific depth at which the needle should be inserted. Every acupuncturist is well aware of any organs, nerves, and vasculature underneath and surrounding every point. After a treatment, patients feel relaxed and rejuvenated with partial or total relief of major symptoms.
Most Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment courses run from six to twelve treatments. However, for more severe or chronic problems, a treatment course can be longer or less for simple issues. Acupuncture treatments may be combined with other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine such as Diet and Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Physical Medicine, and Therapeutic Exercises. Many patients in Los Angeles, CA enjoy one treatment per week to maintain wellness.
For your convenience we are proud to present Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine. Being trained in both Eastern & Western Medicine, Dr. Barrett is on staff at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and has a private practice at the Century City Medical Plaza in Los Angeles CA.